Raising a toddler… wow! If you’ve got one, you know what I mean.
I absolutely adore my son and generally feel like I’m pretty lucky. He usually obeys. He’s positive and smiles a lot. He usually eats his vegetables and picks up his toys. But I haven’t figured out the potty training thing yet and every once in a while (a lot more often since he turned two) my son throws a really terrible, embarrassing, screaming, throwing, kicking tantrum!
I’ve tried several different tactics for calming the storm but one method has proven to be the most effective so far…
A while back my son randomly picked the TV show “Daniel’s Neighborhood” (a cartoon spin-off of Mr. Roger’s Neighborhood) from a line-up of shows on Netflix. We were watching the episode when one of the songs really stuck out to me. It was called, “When You Feel So Mad That You Want To Roar”. As the song played a couple times during the show I sang it under my breath so I could remember it later. I had the distinct feeling that it might help my son calm down.
It helped me that same day!
As promised in my last post “So your child wants to quit music lessons?“, here is a list of modern pop/rock songs for piano that you can introduce to your child or student (in no particular order). I plan on adding songs to the list as they are released or discovered. *Disclaimer: some are not appropriate for kids but would still be good matches for young adult/adult students.
- “Say Something” by A Great Big World & Christina Aguilera
- “Atlas” by Coldplay
- “Just the Way You Are” by Bruno Mars
- “Jar of Hearts” by Cristina Perri(more…)
Though it’s *technically* spring now, it’s 17 degrees right now in Chicago.
I don’t do well in cold weather. I am self-diagnosed SAD (seasonal affective disorder). I lose my zeal for life, I’m terrible at calling friends back, I’m not very productive, I forget to put on makeup… I have SAD bad (Dr. Seuss anyone? “Dad is sad. Dad had a bad day”). When we were in college, my husband wrote a song “Always Winter, Never Christmas” (inspired by C.S.Lewis’ book “The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe). You don’t need to hear the lyrics to know it was really, really sad… (more…)